Last night, a friend celebrated his 30th birthday and, like most foodies, he wanted to make dinner. He chose to make timpano, something he and his fiancée saw in a movie called The Big Night. It’s basically a sort of pizza dough stuffed with pasta, sauce, sausage, meat, hard boiled eggs, cheese, and I don’t know what else. Let me just say that this was fantastic and I have to make this dish at some point in the future. It’s baked inside a domed shaped vessel similar to a mixing bowl, like this:
Once it’s baked, you flip it over and it looks like this:
Served in slices that make you smile and rub your belly in appreciation:
With dinner, we ate fresh baked bread that Jay made that afternoon. It comes from a Rose Levy Beranbaum recipe (found here) and it is amazing. The bread is so nice and thick, rich, and full of yum.
For the birthday boy, I made the Perfect Party Cake. This time, however, I’ve used the recipe as detailed in Dorie Greenspan’s book. Personally, I preferred the original Dorie version (which can be found here on tablefare’s blog) much more than the one I made for my birthday.